“Language guides are not new to college campuses.”
Take note of who is offering suggestions for what you should say instead.
The College Fix reports:
University language guide: avoid term ‘ladies and gentlemen’
The University of Pittsburgh has published a “gender inclusive” and “non-sexist” language guide that advises the campus community to avoid the common expression “ladies and gentlemen.”
Instead, the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion suggests using words such as “colleagues, guests, all, yinz, friends, people, students, folks.” Also on the list of words to avoid: “mankind,” “chairman,” “freshman” and “ombudsman.”
“Instead,” Fox News reports, “the guidelines released by the university department recommended that ‘first year student’ should be used instead of ‘freshman’ and ‘administrator’ should be used instead of ‘secretary/clerk.’”
“In a similar ‘Sexist Language’ guide written by the University of Pittsburgh Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, the term ‘stewardess’ is considered ‘Sexist Language’ as well, and the guide recommends that students use ‘flight attendant’ instead.”
Language guides are not new to college campuses.
Earlier this month The College Fix reported on one from the University of Nevada-Reno, which advised the campus community to avoid the term “native Nevadan” when referring to people born in the state because it is “not respectful to Indigenous people who truly are native to the land here in Nevada.”
This past summer, Brandeis University’s language guide suggested avoiding the term “trigger warning” because it contains the word “trigger.” The student-staffed Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center at Brandeis University listed the term as “oppressive.”
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